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May 2012

 


Brinkman Theory Vindicated
When Tom Brinkman was a legislator, he sponsored a bill to ban all abortions in Ohio. Many scoffed, stating that it could never survive a court challenge. Mr. Brinkman defended it by arguing that it would be challenged all the way to the Supreme Court and could be used to overturn Roe V. Wade. Fast-forward to the April 30th CCV banquet where Dr. Willke walked the audience through exactly what Tom Brinkman had argued several years ago.

Ohioans for Workplace Freedom

If you believe the freedom to choose whether to participate in a labor organization and pay dues should be the right of all Ohioans, gather signatures for the Workplace Freedom Amendment Petition and get $1.50 for every signature you gather. Contact Mike Brem 513-335-1882 for details.

Video Central

If I Wanted America to Fail (4+ minutes)
Edgar the Exploiter (7 minutes)
Reagan Vs. Obama - Social Economics 101 (5+ minutes)
Can’t push us around – Josh Mandel Ad (<1 minute)
The Real Life of Julia – (An Americans for Tax Reform Slide Show)
A Better Life for Julia – (A Heritage Foundation Slide Show)

Beckerisms

Now that President Obama has openly endorsed so-called “gay marriage,” much discussion has occurred in the media and American households. Mine is no exception. My 15-year-old daughter recently asked me, “So, what is the problem with gay marriage?” I was glad she asked. It was another teachable moment. I briefly pointed out that the Bible refers to homosexuality as an abomination. I continued with, “If we, as a society, choose to sanction homosexual ‘marriage,’ we would be endorsing what God has told us is an abomination. But that aside, let’s talk about the more earthly implications: The arguments in favor of so-called ‘gay marriage’ include fairness, civil rights, and equal rights. They ask, ‘Why shouldn’t two loving and committed individuals have the same rights and benefits as a heterosexual couple?’ I have several questions of my own: If we, as a society, choose to accept homosexual ‘marriage,’ what would be the argument against polygamy? Why can’t a man have loving and committed relationships with multiple women? Why can’t a woman have loving and committed relationships with multiple men? Why can’t a man have loving and committed relationships with multiple men? Why can’t a woman have loving and committed relationships with multiple women? Why can’t multiple people have multiple loving and committed relationships with multiple other people? Why not Facebook group ‘marriages’? Or simply Twitter the ‘I dos?’ What about sibling ‘marriages’? What about parent and adult child ‘marriages’? In all of the above examples, I have only addressed adult humans. Many other more creative possibilities exist. How far must we go to protect fairness, civil rights, and equal rights? Once marriage is redefined to mean anything and everything, it will come to mean nothing. That is why the institution of marriage and the family nucleus would be degraded if not destroyed. We don’t have to look far to see the results of the family breakdown. Our society has experienced an escalation of welfare expenses and crime in direct correlation to the breakdown of families that began in the 1960s. The breakdown of families has gotten worse over the decades and redefining marriage would accelerate that trend. A simpler way of looking at it is to consider counterfeiting. It’s illegal because it devalues the real thing.”

The next time somebody asks my daughter what’s wrong with “gay marriage,” she is now much better prepared to answer it.

Becker for the 65th State Representative District
The election will be November 6th. I’ve raised over $32,000 and expanded my donor base to more than 335 people in six different states! Donation size has ranged from $1 to $1,000 and has averaged $57. Nearly all contributions have been from individuals only. You could donate for FREE! You may know that a $50 per taxpayer dollar-for-dollar tax CREDIT (It is $100 on a joint return.) is available every year. The “Ohio political contributions credit” is on line 55 of your Ohio IT 1040. Simply claim it on your state of Ohio tax return and get your money back. Contributions to candidates for State Representative (and other "state offices") qualify for this credit. That is why you will be able to help me, to help you, and have it cost you nothing. I’m Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Limited Government and Lower Taxes. Please see the following brief videos regarding my candidacy:

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State Government (37 seconds)

 

Past Events

May 17, 2012
The annual Police Appreciation Banquet was held at the Eastgate Holiday Inn. The elected officials I saw included Matt Beamer, Danny Bubp, Tim Donnellon, Bob McGee, George Pattison, Tim Rodenberg, and Jim Shriver. It was a pleasure to share a table with Rick Combs and Chris Willis.

May 4, 2012
Bob Castellini was the featured speaker at the Government Strategies Group First Friday Luncheon at McCormick & Schmick’s. It was great to see Senator-elect Joe Uecker and my former SCC colleague Christa Criddle.

May 1, 2012
The Healthcare Compact and the Voter Integrity Project were the primary topics of discussion at the Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn. They also talked about precinct organizing and showed the “If I wanted America to Fail” video. The elected officials that I saw included Vince Faris, Scott Nichols, and Dave Uible.

April 30, 2012
CCV hosted their 19th annual Spring Partnership Banquet with Gary Bauer as the keynote speaker at the XU Schiff Family and Conference Center. Seth Morgan emceed the event. Phil Burress gave a tribute to Carl Lindner and a State of the State update. Of particular note was Dr. Willke. I’ve seen him speak a number of times but this was the best that I’ve seen him. He was funny and connected with the audience in a personal way. He also talked about the history of Anthony Kennedy and how he got onto the US Supreme Court. Dr. Willke went on to explain how the Heartbeat Bill would make its way to the Supreme Court and why Kennedy would vote with the conservatives to overturn Roe. Also in the crowd, listening and taking notes, was the ubiquitous Sharon Kennedy.

Event Calendar

May 31, 2012
Frontier Days begins in Milford

June 1, 2012
State Central Committee meeting in Columbus

June 1, 2012
First Friday luncheon at 12:00 PM in a private room on the second floor of McCormick & Schmick’s downtown overlooking Fountain Square for $20. O'dell Owens will be the featured speaker.

June 2, 2012
Southern Oho Republican Summit at the Madison House in Chillicothe at 9:30am featuring Josh Mandel

June 4, 2012
Union Twp Central Committee meeting at the Civic Center at 7pm

June 5, 2012
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm

June 24, 2012
Mike DeWine Ice Cream Social from 1pm to 5pm in Cedarville for $5.

June 27, 2012
Clermont County Republican Central Committee at HQ in Batavia at 7pm

July 3, 2012

Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm

July 18, 2012
Clermont County Republican Central Committee at HQ in Batavia at 7pm

July 18, 2012
EmpowerU: Poll Worker Training: at LCNB in Oxford

July 22 - 28
Clermont County Fair

August 7
, 2012
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm

August 7, 2012
National Night Out from 6 – 9pm at Veterans Park in Union Twp


August 15, 2012

Clermont County Republican Central Committee at HQ in Batavia at 7pm

August 27 – 30, 2012
Republican National Convention at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida

September 4, 2012
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm

September 8, 2012
Ohio Pro-Family Forum at the Potters House Church in Columbus at 10am

October 2, 2012
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm

October 11, 2012
Evening for Life at the Kolping Center at 5:30/6:30pm featuring Melissa Ohden

November 6, 2012
Election Day

December 4, 2012
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7pm

March 1, 2013
Clermont County Lincoln Day Dinner

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